Joe Clarke

Day one of the 28th annual RAW National Bodyboarding Titles commenced today at Duranbah Beach on the beautiful Gold Coast.

It was 1996 when the last bodyboarding national titles was held at the world famous beach break, and today the best bodyboarders in Australia were not left disappointed. Despite the tricky onshore conditions D-Bah served up some funky left and right hand wedges in the 1.0 to 1.5 metre range.

The blue ribbon division, the open men's was first in the water today, with the everyone throwing all on the line for national glory.

Central NSW Coaster Shaun Peterson set the pace early busting a massive Air Roll Spin combination and bagged a near perfect 9.73 wave average from the judges.

IBA International Head Judge Maurice Wakeling described Petersons surfing as the bench mark for competitive bodyboarding.

"He had one solid close-out roll, followed by a clean ARS on an outside wave, it is this kind of surfing that wins heats and titles". said Maurice.

Shaun has always been an under-rated talent and the humble father had this to say about conditions.

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Luz Marie Perez

Milkshakes welcomes to the team, Luz Marie Grande Perez (better known as Loly).

Little Loly is our Milkshakes representative from Puerto Rico, she’s the 2009 women’s Pipeline Pro champion, 2009 USBA tour champion, and is also sitting at 4th on the IBA Women’s World Tour. This girl rips!

Loly was easily the standout of the Pipeline Pro this year, riding the barrel perfectly; scoring a 9.75 in the semis then a perfect 10 in the final, she was also charging some bombs in the freesurfing sessions.

Loly is such a lovely and funny girl, we are super stoked to have her join the Milkshakes team!

Mike Stewart

Mike Stewart was the big presence announced today in the official presentation of Sumol Nazaré Special Edition. With nine world titles, the athlete is considered one of the most important athletes of all times and he is still active in the world circuit, where he has nowadays the fourth position and chances to be world champion.

Mike Stewart is one of the bodyboarders that most contributed to the evolution of the modality and has already been considered by “Surfer” magazine as one of the fifty most influent surfers in waves’ sports history. In a brief interview presented by the organization, Mike Stewart said to be “anxious to be present in a competition with such intense waves”.

Besides the presence of the renowned world circuit athlete, José Otavio is also confirmed. The Brazilian big rider, the first to execute a 720° reverse air spinner caught on tape, revealed in a interview presented by the organization, to be “anxious to take part in one of the best events ever seen in Europe” and that “the expectation is very big”.

Guilherme Tâmega is the confirmed absence of this competition. The athlete, who has nowadays the fifth position on IBA’s ranking, revealed his sadness for not being able to participate in this edition. In an interview given to the organization, Guilherme Tâmega said that “it is frustrating not being able to be in such a imponent competition” and reinforced his desire to be present in future editions.

In a strategy that tries to increase the local nature of this competition, the organization decided to give this place to another local athlete, Luís “Ben” Coelho. The athlete voted by the community, João Pinheiro, was also known today. With more than 800 hundred votes, João Pinheiro is the big winner of a votation that had more than 3250 votes during a week.

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